Minister called on African countries to benefit from Earth Observation

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The government of Zimbabwe called on African countries to take part in the Group of Earth Observation activities as they are of critical value to the African continent due to issues of climate change, drought and flood are affecting Africa.

The Minister of Policy Coordination and Promotion of Socio-Economic Ventures in the Office of the President, Mr. Simon Khaya Moyo, who officially opened the inaugural AfriGEOSS Symposium in Victoria Falls, said “we are aware that Earth Observation science stand out as a key knowledge area for the 21st century. The Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable socio-Economic transformation is founded on scientific evidence based decision making. GEO Earth Observation is its core”.

The MESA project started deployment of satellite receiving stations

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Following the successful factory acceptance test (FAT) in Toulouse, France in December 2015, the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) Project started deploying satellite receiving stations to the beneficiary institutions in Africa. The deployment started with a first batch of seven reference stations and a training centre which are being shipped to Botswana, Mauritius, Niger, Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo.

In total, 55 stations for meteorological services, 115 stations for environmental services and related sec- tors, and 4 training centres will be installed.

MESA is one of the tools for implementing continental strategies, programmes and decisions in Africa

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Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission revealed that the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) Project is one of the tools for implementing continental strategies, programmes and decisions in Africa.

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